What's to be optimistic about?

Have you ever known someone who had a disease or a disability, but who had the most cheerful personality and seemed gifted at seeing the good things in life? It’s confusing and inspiring at the same time, isn’t it? What's the key to being optimistic in a world with so much trouble?
Tags:  Optimism, Confidence, Hope, Tamasy

Overcoming a 'wait' problem

We want ___________ and we want it NOW! That's just our culture today. Waiting can be frustrating (or maddening) and often brings out the worst in us. The Bible, however, looks at waiting an opportunity to lean into, not a problem to overcome.
Tags:  Patience, Tamasy, Listening

The spread of generosity

We see it over and over – a major crisis arises, and almost immediately the very best of humanity begins to emerge. We’ve observed this following natural disasters, such as floods, tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes. This provides simple, straight-forward evidence that we’re not the products of some mindless, random, evolutionary process. Rather than taking a survival-of-the-fittest attitude, many of us rally together and find ways to help one another.
Tags:  COVID-19, Generosity, Tamasy

Celebrating an Easter like no other

This year, despite the hopeful optimism of some of our government leaders, it’s likely the doors of most churches will be closed, with congregants having to settle for online Easter observances. For many followers of Jesus, Easter without physically attending a worship service is almost unimaginable. How can we worship without doing so in “the house of God”?
Tags:  Easter, Tamasy, Worship, COVID-19

Finding an anchor in an anchorless world

We live in a world rife with social unrest, political chaos, competing ideologies and pressures to conform (or at least look the other way). Our belief systems are always being challenged if not directly attacked. So how do we find anchor? What keeps us from being swept up in the storm or crushed against the rocks? As always, there's an answer that has stood the test of time, and it (He) provides all the security we need.
Tags:  Hope, Advent, Faith, Confidence, Tamasy

Nothing to fear but fear itself

President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his first inaugural address, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Yeh, right. How about fear of speaking up, or fear of public speaking, fear of rejection, or fear of missing out? We're all familiar with fear and anxiety in some form or another. So how does God factor into these moments?
Tags:  Fear, Afraid, Confidence, Tamasy

Genuine hope versus 'hope so'

Disasters, tragedies, violence, political upheaval, ... it's easy to lose hope and fall into despair. Too often, the best we can say when thinking about better outcomes is "I hope ..." and we find ourselves clinging to wishful thinking. Practically applied in our lives, how does biblical hope look different than 'hope so?'
Tags:  Hope, Faith, Trust, Tamasy

The marketplace cowboy

Restless curiosity. Whatever happened to that? When did we stop thinking up new questions and daring to chase down their answers? Perhaps we should be a revisit the spirit of the cowboy we used to celebrate when we were kids.
Tags:  Curiosity, Boldness, Tamasy